Queen Elizabeth II: Plans in place for Queen’s lying in state, funeral

In the United Kingdom, the plans are in place for the funeral arrangements of the Queen Elizabeth.

King Charles III, who became the new monarch immediately, has left for London and is expected to address the nation on Friday.

Meanwhile, world leaders and dignitaries are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who has died at the age of 96.

Paying tribute, French President Emmanuel Macron said “Her Majesty was a kind-hearted queen” who was “a friend of France”.

US President Joe Biden described her as “more than a monarch – she defined an era”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered said “Her passing is a great loss to the British people.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said she had “an obvious deep and abiding love for Canadians”.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz paid tribute to the Queen’s and said that “her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War Two will remain unforgotten”.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent their condolences. Thed Saudi King describing her as “a role model for leadership that will be immortalised in history”.

UN Secretary General, leaders from Africa, European Union and across the World shared tributes for Queen Elizabeth.

Source: Radio Pakistan

North Korea threatens nuclear strikes if ?provoked’

North Korea has officially enshrined the right to use preemptive nuclear strikes as a method of self-defense if threatened.

After passing a new law from parliament in Pyongyang, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said the new law has made the country’s nuclear status irreversible and no bargaining over its nuclear weapons.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Canada announces to settle 1000 Afghans held in UAE

Canada has announced to settle one thousand Afghans, who fled to United Arab Emirates after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

The Canadian government announced the decision after its willingness on the US request to resettle some of the 5,000 Afghans.

Source: Radio Pakistan

EU suspends visa facilitation agreement with Russia

The European Union has fully suspended its visa facilitation agreement with Russia.

The Council of the European Union said in a statement, that member states officially approved the suspension of the bloc’s visa facilitation agreement with Russia.

Source: Radio Pakistan

UN urges North Korea to engage in dialogue after new nuclear law

The United Nations has called on North Korea to resume dialogue with key parties to achieve sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephen Dujarric told reporters in New York that the Secretary General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned by North Korea’s adoption of new law, declaring the country as a nuclear weapon state.

The law also enshrines North Korea to use right of preemptive strike to protect itself.

Source: Radio Pakistan